Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in Conference USA
Head Coach: Skip Holtz, 7th year, 46-33
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOUISIANA TECH OFFENSE
– The offense wasn’t its normal, explosive self under head man Skip Holtz. How good was the defense? The Bulldogs scored almost 300 fewer points than the 2016 team did two years ago, and they only won one fewer game. There are parts to like, starting with veteran senior QB J’Mar Smith – who threw for more yards, but didn’t get the ball down the field enough – and a good-looking receiving corps that gets 75-catch Adrian Hardy and ten of the top 11 pass catchers.
– The running game failed to hit the 2,000-yard mark for the first time since 2013, averaging fewer than four yards per carry. The lack of a steady commitment to the ground game had a whole lot to do with that. A bit more up front will make Jaqwis Dancy a factor after averaging over five yards per carry with a team-high 667 yards and nine scores. The backfield could use a little more thump, but the backs are fine.
– The offensive line was okay overall at keeping defenses out of the backfield, but it didn’t generate enough of a consistent push for Darcy and the ground game. The tackles are the concern after losing both starters – including all-star O’Shea Douglas – but the interior should be set.